Every birthday must be celebrated.. be it big or small, a celebration is always necessary. This year I decided to go all out and opted to go to Restaurant Amusé with my husband. We had been once many years ago and were absolutely blown away, so why not give it a second try.
The menu is a degustation comprising of ten courses over approximately three hours. It changes every month or so according to what produce is in season. As you are seated, a small menu card is placed on the table.. I couldn’t resist peeking at all the dishes before they arrived.
To kick things off we started with a small tasting plate of burnt vegetables, dill and salmon floss | pardon pepper and goats cheese | cheddar cheese puff. Everything was simple, delicious and full of flavour.. it definitely got the appetite going.
To cleanse our palates we were served tomato, long pepper and sago. It was a soup of tomato served cold which was tangy, light and refreshing.
As an accompaniment, each table was supplied with unlimited bread and smoked butter. I am pretty particular with how I like my bread and I have to say this was on point; toasty crust with soft pillowy centre which was served warm, allowing the butter to effortlessly melt into the bread.
Lamb, capers and capsicum. This dish was my favourite amongst all the “mains” as it was packed full of flavour. The lamb was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth, and I loved the smokey capsicum flavour which a subtle hint of spice.
Potato, chicken and oyster salt. I found the potatoes to be a bit too firm and the miso broth was rather salty. But that chicken skin though.. so crispy and so good!
Marron, cauliflower and bay leaves. The marron was sweet, fresh and tender which contrasted well with the crunch from the sunflower seeds and pine nuts. There was a subtle vinaigrette flavouring through the cauliflower.
Duck and succotash. A piece of duck accompanied by a mixture of beans and sweet corn. I did not particularly enjoy this dish, I am not a big fan of beans and the duck was a bit too chewy for my liking.
Pork, apple and tomatillos. Maybe it is the Asian genes.. but this dish was like an extremely fancy version of sweet and sour pork. A tender piece of pork accompanied with a tomato-y salsa, and a thin sliver of sweet apple.
Pre-dessert was coconut, peach and buckwheat. It looks deceptively simple but the textures in this dish were amazing; crunchy buckwheat sprinkled with peach sherbet which popped in your mouth, accompanied with smooth coconut sorbet.
Amusé’s rendition of the humble peanut butter jelly sandwich was deconstructed into peanut butter, cherries and caramel. The peanut butter mousse was glazed with caramel and was decadently rich with a hint of saltiness and paired perfectly with the cherry sorbet and frozen chocolate granita.
To finish it all we were served with mint and pepperberry | chocolate. Warm tea heavily infused with mint and pepperberry, along with chocolate biscuits with a gooey lychee filling.
Priced at $130 per person, I must admit it is very expensive. Along with the hefty price tag, you do get great service and are tentatively looked after by the wait staff, with your glass never being empty. The array of staff were very knowledgeable about not only the dish and how it was prepared, but also the produce and its origins.
I must say, the first time we went the dishes were more creative and innovative.. but that’s the luck of the draw I guess. Definitely worth a try.. at least once in your life.
64 Bronte Street, East Perth WA 6004
Tuesday to Saturday: 6.30pm – 10.30pm